10 Ways to beat the laundry blues
Finding a better system and a few savvy laundry essentials can help you banish the laundry-day blues! Get organized and breeze through it!
Is doing the laundry giving you the blues? A little organization and a better system might turn this household chore into a far easier task.
Take a look at your laundry room, your supplies and your system -- then get them spruced up, stocked up and streamlined to make laundry day a breeze!
Spruce it up
It's easier to work in a room that makes you feel happy! A fresh coat of paint, some handy storage solutions and a few personal touches make a big difference. You want the room to be functional and fun. A vintage sign, cheery potted plant or framed art prints add a lively touch to the room. Put up shelves or add a storage cabinet so all the supplies that you need are easily in reach. If space is an issue, rolling carts, wall-mounted valets and the use of vertical space can expand your options. Front-loading machines can be lifted to rest on bases with handy pullout storage drawers.
Hang a fix-it bag
Hang a bag in the laundry room for items that need repair. Having all your mending materials in one place means you can do repairs as time permits... or deliver the entire bag to a seamstress!
Divide and conquer
Don't wait until you're out of clean undies to toss in a load. Have a day for doing linens, whites and dark loads. Launder towels while you prepare dinner, and do the folding while you watch tv.
Separate with lingerie bags
Give everyone a mesh lingerie bag. Undergarments last longer washed in the bag, and you've just eliminated all of the sorting and folding!
Use the best products
Why take extra steps when excellent products have been formulated to help you? Purex Triple Action is a detergent and stain-fighter all in one. It smells great, really works well for removing stains -- and the various scents ensure that your clothes will always smell fresh and clean.
Laundry bags for all
Outfit each family member with his or her own linen laundry bag -- let each person decorate it with markers or fabric paint. Everyone fills their own bag and leaves it in a designated spot so the chore of gathering items needing washing is pared down. Keep a hamper in the bathroom or linen closet for used towels.
Give yourself space
If space permits, install a countertop so there's a place to fold clean laundry.
Keep socks together
Safety-pin socks! Pin pairs together at the heel before you wash... no more missing mates as they go through the wash and dry cycles.
Organize your detergent, fabric softener and color-safe bleach where you can see them, and replenish supplies when they start getting low. It saves time and frustration to have your laundry room stocked and ready!
Take a break
Consider the wash and dry cycle times as your "coffee break!" Once you've loaded the washer or dryer, there's a slice of time to spare. Let the machine do the work while you enjoy a time out!